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Angry Robins demands a response from Coventry City

Craig Gibbons 23rd Aug, 2018

FRUSTRATED Coventry City boss Mark Robins has warned the players owe him and the loyal fans a performance this weekend following their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Blackpool on Tuesday night.

The Sky Blues made four changes to the team which beat Plymouth 1-0 at the weekend but Robins hinted more changes could be in the pipeline for the trip to Gillingham in League One on Saturday.

With City trying to integrate a number of new signings into the squad, the manager admitted he may have to rely on most of his squad in the games to come as he searches for a winning formula.

“Even though we’ve got more pace in the side than we had last year, we did look pedestrian and it’s unacceptable,” he said.

“On the face of that, you could make many changes and nobody could be surprised to be left out.

“The majority of the players were not here and owe me a performance and owe the supporters a performance on Saturday.”

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Blackpool took the lead after 48 minutes through Mark Cullen before Joe Dodoo sealed the points for the hosts ten minutes from time.

“It’s the poorest I’ve seen us for a long time and I’m at a loss to understand how any players can underperform as much as they did,” said Robins.

“We didn’t pass it, didn’t move the ball quickly enough and allowed them to get set into a shape as quickly as they needed to.”

The Sky Blues support could be heard throughout the 90 minutes and the game looked a fairly even contest in the opening 45 minutes before Blackpool seized the advantage.

Robins felt both goals were avoidable.

“We’ve had a great travelling support again and given them nothing,” added Robins.

“We had a little bit of a spell when we were 1-0 down and that just sort of kicked us into life a little bit.

“Then we shoot ourselves in the foot by killing the game off for them, with poor judgement all the way through.”

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